NZ FARMER – by Andrea Fox – “Farmer-owned Wools of New Zealand (WONZ) should merge with New Zealand Merino before it falls over in 2018 from cash starvation, says former WONZ chief executive Ross Townshend.
The Waikato sheep farmer and company director is continuing an offensive against the chances of WONZ’s balance sheet surviving past 2018, despite a spirited defence from the wool sales and marketing company.”
STOCK & LAND – “THE Merino remains a key part of the 25 million head Russian sheep flock, according to All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Sheep and Goat Breeding director Marina Selionova.
Dr Selionova, who will speak at the upcoming World Merino Insight conference in Adelaide, said despite a drop in overall flock numbers due to economic reforms in 1990, research continued into wool and sheepmeat productivity in the Merino breed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “MERINO wool could be the newest remedy for eczema.
Research back by Australian Wool Innovation has found wearing fine Merino wool can resolve problems caused by the skin complaint, atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema.”
THE WEEKLY REPORT – by Fiona Myers – “IT works for everything from cars to cattle. But online selling of wool represents just a tiny portion of fibre traded.
The wool industry may be branded old fashioned and backward but it hotly defends a sale method that has held true for decades. Analysts estimate 85-93 per cent of wool is sold at auction, with the balance sold privately and a tiny portion online.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by Nadine Morton – “YOUNG people are the future of agriculture and on Saturday many of them flocked in to get involved in the city’s annual ram expo and working dog auction.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale and Kristen Frost – “FOLLOWING an 18 year hiatus from the show arena, legendary Merino breeder John Williams returned with an emotional performance at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, winning the prestigious Stonehaven Cup for the 11th time.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “TWO stories told at a landmark 30-years-in-business celebration for Peter Scanlan Wools (PSW) last Friday epitomise the good luck and tenacity required for success as a wool trader.
Ironically it was the self-effacing business founders, Peter Scanlan, 76, and his wife and business partner Margaret – they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year – who told the stories about themselves.”
THE EXAMINER – “We couldn’t have predicted how our regional knitting project would bring so many people together.
The story of Frank, a sheep farmer from western Victoria, is the inspiration behind our large-scale textile art project called WARM. He had seen the effects of climate change and had no choice but to sell the farm that had been in his family for five generations.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Grace Ryan – “The National Kelpie Field Trial took place last week at the Nyngan Showgrounds.
Forty competitors in over 200 runs made for a very successful week for the competition.”
THE GUARDIAN – “The British Wool Marketing Board has a slogan at once complacent and defensive. Man it reiterates throughout its explanatory literature, cannot match it. And no synthetic fibre can rival wool’s list of virtues: it is hard-wearing; its texture pleases the touch, its lustre the eye; it sheds rain and it insulates the wearer from variations in temperature; it accepts dye readily so that all sorts of subtleties of shade are possible; and it comes, in Britain at least, in so many different strengths and qualities that it is extraordinarily versatile.”